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Leptonic CP violation at Super-Kamiokande and Hyper-Kamiokande


   Department of Physics

   Monday, January 31, 2022  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

London United Kingdom Experimental Physics Particle Physics

About the Project

This is an exciting opportunity to join the international Hyper-Kamiokande collaboration and become an active member of the Kings College London Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics (EPAP) group. There are also opportunities to join Super-Kamiokande as well, that is currently taking data, and can be considered a precursor of Hyper-Kamiokande.

We encourage enthusiastic applicants from all backgrounds to join our diverse team and are particularly keen to hear from applicants from under-represented groups. The successful candidate will take an active role in the design and construction of the future Hyper-Kamiokande experiment and analysis data in Super-Kamiokande. We anticipate opportunities to travel to Japan (dependent on lifting of covid travel restrictions) to gain first-hand experience. All our PhD students also benefit from participation in an organised lecture programme during the first year and a wide variety of in-house training courses.

The Hyper-Kamiokande experiment (Hyper-K) is the next generation of neutrino observatory. It consists of one of the most powerful long baseline neutrino beams, a near detector complex, and a 260 kton Water Cherenkov Far Detector using 40000 high efficiency photomultiplier tubes. The experiment has a wide physics range with excellent sensitivity to neutrino CP violation through the measurement of the high-power neutrino beam from J-PARC, the neutrino mass ordering through the measurement of atmospheric neutrinos and unprecedented sensitivity to proton decay which is predicted by many grand unified theories. In addition, the detector is highly sensitive to galactic supernovae and can even see a supernova from Andromeda and well as detecting the background of neutrinos from supernovae across the universe, the DSNB.

This PhD project will focus on the challenging CP violation measurement at Hyper-Kamiokande, focussing on event selection and reconstruction and the extraction of neutrino oscillation parameters and CP violation. The student will also be part of the Super-Kamiokande collaboration and able to analysis the data taken by the experiment as well as participating to the data collection.

Start date: 1 October 2022

For enquires please contact: and

For full information on how to apply: https://apply.kcl.ac.uk

Financial support covers the home fees charged at University and is available for UK students. Non-UK students can find out which fees they have to pay from the UKCISA page. In addition, a maintenance allowance is paid over 3 years with possible extension of 6 more months. International students are eligible, and 30% of the studentships can be given to such students. However, the grants do not cover the international University fees. So if you have the correct qualifications and either the partner University offers a special deal to waive the international fees or you have access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered. 

Students not covered by the above may still be accepted to study for a PhD/D.Phil, under appropriate circumstances, provided they meet all the relevant entry criteria. All students will be entitled to the normal rights, privileges and use of facilities at the collaborating University, particularly those of the graduate school, and will be subject to the same responsibilities, rules and regulations as other registered graduate students. Whilst not an "employee" of STFC, when working at RAL, students will be required to comply with a number of policies/procedures including those relating to health and safety, no-smoking, code of conduct for staff etc as well as conforming with normal staff requirements for medical and security clearance. They will have the same access to Welfare, Occupational Health and Nursery facilities as STFC employees.

The Physics department at King’s College London supports Diversity and Equality and we invite all eligible candidates to apply.

The Physics department at King’s College London was awarded the Silver Swan medal and Juno Champion award from IOP:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/department-of-physics-awarded-athena-swan-silver-award

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/archive/news/physics/department-of-physics-awarded-juno-practitioner-status

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/physics/about/diversity-inclusion

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/women-in-science


Funding Notes

This is a funded STFC studentship awarded to the supervisor in their role as International Spokesperson of the Hyper-Kamiokande Collaboration
The scholarship covers student's stipend and fees at a level required from 'home' students. International students will need to have additional funding to cover full fees at the international level.

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